Lovely place to be
on Sep 19, 2019
Its very nice location. Stay there for Ayurveda treatements and relaxing. Staff is excellent and co operative. Food is pure veg and excellent. Therapy are excellent. Not suggested for a short trip/Stay.
Island of Tranquility
on Aug 26, 2019
I was introduced to Divar Island By a friend a couple of years back, who despite our reservations as a group, insisted we see it for he knew we would fall in love with it . And sure enough....so while looking for a venue for a retreat I was organising , I chose this quaint island which also added up since the festival of Bonderam, the mini version of a Goan carnival, was happening here. A bit of a research, some calls later when I got to know about #MercureDevaayaResort, I immediately knew I had to go and see without a clue about the place including not knowing that this was an Ayurveda centre and a healing hotel on this beautiful island, so everything about it is around what will work for your body and soul. The food is freshly done and although totally vegetarian, I am yet to see a hotel prepare food with such care even in the buffet where small portions are made to avoid wastage and keeping the food fresh and delicious.
The team were kind enough to understand the nuances of the retreat and assured me full support. My special thanks to Sanjay, the GM, Vinod, Kalpesh, Helen, Lucas, Antonio and the entire team.
The rooms are fairly large to accommodate comfortably with a sit out with each room.
About Divar Island , it’s one of the most idyllic, scenic places I have seen on this planet. No traffic, lush green spaces, mangroves, exotic birds and such a perfect space for peace and quiet.
Strong, if not the best, Ayurvedic Retreat
on Aug 26, 2019
Superbly located just outside Goa City - so you can spend time enjoying this super city (probably best to do before you go into the retreat) with its great walks, restaurants and shopping (FabIndia if you love textiles for home and body). Having been to other Ayurvedic retreats, I found Devaaya to be good, but not great. If you want a intense regime, superb yoga, and excellent food - this may not be the best for you. On the plus side, its a really relaxed approach, good doctor advice, very accommodating staff, a nice set of meals (with very helpful staff to guide and personalise your food), lots of areas to relax. Yoga here is OK. A plus - you can get individual yoga sessions. There is a tiny gym with basic equipment. There are bikes, but they need some up-dating, and there aren't that many places to cycle.
My villa room was really spacious and private. I asked for a room change (original room too small versus what I had booked), and this was done immediately and with no extra charge. Bring your own toiletries, the ones on offer are not great for Ayurvedic needs (e.g. extra strong shampoo), and there is very little choice in the retreat store.
Bathrobes are supplied for going to and from your treatments. If you are a little large, you can request larger sizes. You can easily do a little laundry in your room, but I fount the laundry service to be excellent - quick, clean, inexpensive.
Please note that everything is covered by your retreat fee - the medicines are charged on top, as are a couple of the treatments (acupuncture is not included).
Overall a good place depending on what you want from an Ayurvedic experience.
Goa very unlike Goa . .
on Aug 19, 2019
It was a great news to me when I learnt that there is an Ayurveda & Naturopathy Resort in Goa. That too operated by Mercure brand . .
When you here the word Goa - Its all about Beaches , fun loving crowd , alcohol & sea food .
It will be a wonderful surprise for people coming to Mercure Devaya - Goa.
About the property :
If you a nature lover , this place is a treasure for you. Its located on a island where you have to reach by a local ferry operated by government of Goa with ample frequency which transfers people both ways free if cost or very nominal cost for a car.
You will be transferred to a lush green island and the resort is located on the stream of Mandvi river. Almost all the rooms has got river view and you will be treated with greenery, peace & birds chirping inside the property. Rooms are cottage types , decorated in Portguise architecture and vibrant color.
Outside the property , you have old village houses with color full decor & roads lined with trees.. it was an absolute mesmerising experience for us. You will be served only healthy food with no sugar at all and only vegetarian food with no much spice or spices will be served. If you are here for health , thats the food you need. Although , decent spread is offered in their buffet. . .
About the hotel staff :
The property is not only blessed with abundance of natural beauty but also has highly motivated team of people who will smiling go extra miles to make your stay a pleasure.
Special mention about Mr. Lucas - for going all the way out to take us personally to a local festival celebration with loads of dance & music which was brilliant.
Mr. Antony on the restaurant floor was equally enthusiastic every single time we were their for our meals. Advising us for right food selection and giving complete attention to our needs. Rare dedication, seen elsewhere.
Kalpesh was another gem in the team who was really very caring & helping to arrange our trip back to the airport. Dropped us to the ferry to make our journey quick & trouble free.
Their front desk team was equally keen to help you for everything that you may ask assistance for.
It was a lovely experience and speaks very high about the overall management motivation to the entire team. Great work 👍👍
About Therapy :
The resort has very good infrastructure for Ayurveda & Naturopathy treatments with a very good Dr. Mrs Bhide ( Ayurveda )
I was not very impressed with the therapist although. But it is definitely a genuine health resort set up , only one in GOA.
A 6th wonderful and energizing stay in Devaaya !
on Aug 15, 2019
I'm just back from a 6th stay in Devaaya, still a wonderful experience: very professional and kind massages, relaxing and healthy yoga and meditation classes, comfortable and bright rooms open to a nice view, tasty vegetarian food, warm welcome and availability, efficient doctors and detox to bring back a lot of energy.
I strongly recommend this healthy and relaxing experience !